Another 712 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in North Wales during the last 24 hours, the latest statistics show on Saturday (January 9).
In total, 22,356 Covid-19 cases have been reported in North Wales since the start of the pandemic.
Across the country, 2,373 new cases of Covid-19 have been recorded, bringing the total to 168,094 according to Public Health Wales.
Three new deaths have been recorded in North Wales and the death toll for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board since the beginning of the pandemic stands at 612.
The health board, which accounts for 22 per cent of Wales’ population, is the largest in the country.
There have been 62 further fatalities in Wales and the death toll now stands at 3,919.
The number of tests carried out in Wales in the latest daily report was 19,332 and a total of 2,132,389 tests have now been carried out since the testing scheme began, with 1,358,729 individuals tested.
Here is the full list of coronavirus cases across Wales on January 9:
Betsi Cadwaladr: 712 new cases – total 23,068
Anglesey: 16 new cases – total 1,310
Conwy: 71 new cases – total 2,519
Denbighshire: 123 new cases – total 3,052
Flintshire: 208 new cases – total 6,310
Gwynedd: 52 new cases – total 1,928
Wrexham: 242 new cases – total 7,949
For the rest of the country
Aneurin Bevan: 384 new cases – total 34,263
Cardiff and Vale: 309 new cases – total 27,097
Cwm Taf: 351 new cases – total 35,246
Hywel Dda: 144 new cases – total 12,322
Powys: 58 new cases – total 2,793
Swansea Bay: 199 new cases – total 24,863
Unknown location: 27 new cases – total 1,425
Dr Christopher Williams, Incident Director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said:
“The number of positive Coronavirus cases remains extremely high in Wales and is cause for serious concern.
“In the light of this, yesterday the First Minister confirmed Wales’ lockdown will continue for a further three weeks, until January 29.
“The Education Minister has announced that all schools, colleges and will continue with online learning until at least 29 January, and will remain that way until the February half term unless there is a significant reduction in transmission.
“In addition, Welsh Government have announced that, non-essential retail, hospitality venues, licensed premises and leisure facilities will remain closed. Measures in shops and workplaces which remain open will be strengthened, including closing all showrooms, although they will still be able to operate click and collect services.
“With vaccinations for COVID-19 progressing, we welcome news that the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has approved the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Moderna. This is the third COVID-19 vaccine to be approved for use in the UK.
“The roll-out of the second Coronavirus vaccine (from Oxford/AstraZeneca) in Wales continues, with the first patients receiving their vaccine on Monday.
“The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has issued a short statement outlining the case for optimising the existing vaccine programme within the UK to achieve maximum short term impact.
“Vaccinating the adult population of Wales, to protect people from severe disease, is a significant task, and the vaccine will take time to reach everyone. The epidemiology of COVID-19 throughout the UK in late 2020 showed a clear need for rapid, high levels of vaccine uptake among vulnerable persons.
“The JCVI supports a two-dose vaccine schedule for the Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca vaccines. Given the data available, and evidence from the use of many other vaccines, Public Health Wales fully supports the JCVI advice to increase a maximum interval between the first and second doses of 12 weeks for both vaccines.
“It can be assumed that protection from the first dose will wane in the medium term, and the second dose will still be required to provide more durable protection. The JCVI advises initially prioritising delivery of the first vaccine dose as this is highly likely to have a greater public health impact in the short term and reduce the number of preventable deaths from COVID-19.
“Travellers who have been in or transited through the Republic of South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Zambia and Zimbabwe in the last 10 days are no longer allowed into the UK. We advise anyone returning to Wales from these countries to regularly check gov.uk for the latest guidance and advice on self-isolating.
“Members of the public should not to phone your GP, pharmacy or hospital asking when they will get a vaccine. When someone is in one of the groups eligible for the vaccine, they will be invited to attend a dedicated clinic which will have been set up to ensure patient safety and that of the healthcare professionals.
“The effects of the vaccines may not be seen nationally for some time, and with Wales at alert level four we must continue to follow the advice on keeping Wales safe. Stay at home, meet only the people you live with, maintain social distancing, wash your hands regularly, and work from home if you can.
“As indicated by the Welsh Government, the new restrictions were brought forward due to the identification of a new more transmissible variant of Coronavirus. Public Health Wales has been working with UK partners to investigate and respond to this variant.
“It is normal for viruses to undergo mutations, and we expect this to happen. Although the variant is easier to transmit, there is currently no evidence that it is more severe.
“We are reminding people that all current guidance relating to Coronavirus continues to apply to the new variant, including advice relating to symptoms, social distancing, self-isolation, and vaccination.
“The new variant shows up as positive in Public Health Wales’ existing Coronavirus tests, and people must continue to seek a test in the usual way if they develop Coronavirus symptoms.
“If you or a member of your household develop a cough, fever or change in sense of taste or smell, you must self-isolate immediately and book a free Coronavirus test, either by calling 119 or by clicking here.
“If you are due to travel out of the UK, please be aware of the changing situation and keep an eye on the FCO website for up to date details.
“Public Health Wales urges everyone to follow the rules, to avoid transmission of Coronavirus and to protect everyone in our communities, including the most vulnerable.”
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